Safety Fines after IA Grain Bin Fatality

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 05:03 PM gHale

East Central Iowa Cooperative in Waterloo, IA, is facing $306,500 in fines for exposing workers to amputation and engulfment hazards after a fatality at the facility, said officials at the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA).

IOSHA issued 11 citations, six willful serious and five serious violations.

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In the incident, there was a buildup of grain 10-12 feet in depth around portions of the interior edge of the bin.

Employees were attempting to cause the buildup of grain to flow toward the open sump. This resulted in a fatality when an employee became engulfed in the flowing grain on August 8.

Among the citations, the company failed to establish lockout specific procedures, did not implement procedures in the grain handling facility for the use of tags and locks which would prevent the inadvertent application of energy or motion to equipment being repaired, serviced, or adjusted, and the employer did not properly train employees on proper procedures.
Iowa OSHA inspected the facility following a fatal incident when a worker was engulfed in flowing grain.

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